MARCH Town’s latest import from Australia Ryan Meyer arrived at the weekend and will be looking to spin the club to the top of the Tucker League this summer.
The 21-year-old slow left-arm chinaman bowler comes with some top credentials having been called up for Australia’s under 19 squad as well as playing for Tasmania and Queensland in the national under 17 and 19 championships.
He has been playing in Brisbane this season and his best figures were five for 30 and the left-handed middle order batsman had a top score of 93 for the Gold Coast Scorchers.
He met up with his team mates for this season at March’s indoor cricket nets on Sunday and said: “They seem a good bunch of lads and I am really looking forward to playing with them this season. This is my first trip to England and I was encouraged to come by some mates who played over here.
“Most of the wickets in Australia are flat and fast and I understand the wickets in England tend to be slower and are good for spin bowlers. I did have other offers from clubs in England, but I was very impressed by what I heard about the March club.
“I have been in pretty good form back home this season so hopefully I can continue that here. It may take a couple of weeks to get used to the different wickets but I did play in Tasmania and I coped fine with slower wickets there.”
Meyer is well aware that he is following in the footsteps of two very successful fellow countrymen at March with Matt Wilcox and Steve Seymour both enjoying incredible seasons at The Avenue.
Meyer added: “I have heard all about Matt and Steve and they were two very talented lads and I hope I can do as well for March.”
Meyer’s first appearance for March will come on April 7 at The Avenue in a friendly against Long Sutton. The league season starts on April 21 with Nassington away.
Skipper Chris Ringham said: “Ryan could be a massive signing for us. He has been playing in first grade cricket in Australia and Wilcox played second grade and look what he achieved.
“He’s a left arm wrist spinner, which is something completely different to what we have had. He wants to improve his batting and looking at him in the nets he will bat in the top four for us. It looks like we have struck lucky again with our overseas player.”